Wilshere's Euro 2016 spot could be under threat, admits Hodgson

With the likes of Michael Carrick, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph afforded chances of late, the injured Arsenal man needs to force his way back into contention


Roy Hodgson has hinted that Jack Wilshere could miss out on a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad.

Michael Carrick earned plaudits for his recent showings against Lithuania and Italy, while Hodgson praised the likes of Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in Turin.

Wilshere is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and is nearing a comeback but, with Jordan Henderson establishing himself as first choice and Fabian Delph starting both recent games, space is at a premium and competition for places intense.

“You [the media] made Jack Wilshere our best man in our matches in the autumn and I am sure he will have something to say,” Hodgson told reporters.

“But I have always been an admirer of Michael’s and am delighted to see him back. If both of them are fit I might have to a) find some way of tweaking the formations, or b) pick one of them. That’d be tough.”

Hodgson, though, is careful to insist nothing has been decided on the make-up of any selection with over a year left to go before the tournament and qualification still to be confirmed.

“Until we can just go onto the field and it’s in our backbone of knowing exactly what we want to do with the ball and without the ball, there’s a lot of work still to do,” he said.

“The team is changing all the time because people are coming in. I am really pleased to say the squad is getting stronger and I would like to think we will be capable of using all these players in the right way.

“If I was to pick a team today for the first game in France, of course I would have a team in my head but I would be very foolish to start talking about that before we are due to play – and we haven’t even qualified.”

Valdes happy playing for Man United's Under-21s

The Spanish goalkeeper is enjoying playing once again after a year blighted by a serious knee injury


Victor Valdes has not made a first-team appearance in over a year but the Manchester United goalkeeper is starting to enjoy playing again.

The former Barcelona No.1 tore his anterior cruciate ligament in March 2014 and a move to Monaco collapsed as he began his rehabilitation.

Valdes subsequently trained with United and joined the club as David de Gea’s backup in January and says that he is happy despite only having played for the club’s Under-21s team so far.

“This is the way now,” he told the club’s official website. “When you don’t play in the first team here in England, it’s usually better to play in the reserves.

“It’s not something we do in Spain but you must accept it and focus on your performance because it is good for your game rhythm.

“I’m very happy with my knee and playing with my new team-mates. It’s a good feeling to be on the pitch again playing football. It is most important for me after my injury.

“I am very happy for this option in my career after my injury. I always say it’s great to be a part of this club and part of this team and, maybe, I hope to win another important trophy here too.”

Hummels: I didn't promise to join Man Utd

The defender has admitted he is considering his future but moved quickly to deny reports that he had made a deal with Sir Alex Ferguson

Mats Hummels has dismissed claims that he made a promise to Sir Alex Ferguson to join Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund.

The centre-back has been heavily linked to a move to the English side over the past few years, having been a key player for Dortmund as they won two consecutive Bundesliga titles then reached the Champions League final in 2013.

Speculation intensified this week when the Germany international admitted he is considering his future at the Bundesliga side.

British media outlets have claimed Hummels promised Ferguson back in 2012 – when the former coach attended the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich – that he would join the Old Trafford club.

The defender, though, denies any such commitment to leaving Dortmund for Old Trafford and dismissed it as completely made up.

“To clarify: this supposed “promise” is simply fictitious… And that’s the polite way of putting it,” Hummels tweeted.

The World Cup winner, who has been at Dortmund since joining from Bayern Munich on an initial loan deal in 2008, is contracted to the club until 2017.

Kane is better than Di Maria and worth £100m, claims Rodney Marsh

The ex-Manchester City forward believes the Tottenham youngster is already worth a world-record fee and could surpass the levels of Alan Shearer


Harry Kane is better than Angel Di Maria and worth £100 million (€147m), according to former England striker Rodney Marsh.

Tottenham forward Kane has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season and netted less than a minute after coming off the bench to make his international debut against Lithuania on Friday.

Roy Hodgson has revealed the 21-year-old will make his full debut against Italy in Turin and Marsh is tipping him to become a more potent goalscorer than former England captain Alan Shearer.

The ex-Manchester City man also feels Kane is worth a world-record fee given some of the sums Premier League clubs have paid in recent years.

“I reckon he is worth £100m, I honestly do,” he told talkSport.  “If I was a chairman of a football club, that is what I would pay for Harry Kane.

“I think he is going to go on and be a bigger and better player than Alan Shearer.

“Manchester City paid £32m (€47m) for a relatively untried young player called Eliaquim Mangala. If Mangala is worth £32m, Harry Kane is worth £100m all day long.

“Angel Di Maria cost Manchester United £62m (€75m). I think Harry Kane is a much better player than Di Maria, in the Premier League.”

Van Gaal doesn't need to spend to make Manchester United great again – Seedorf

The ex-Barcelona boss spent in excess of €180 million during the summer transfer window but has been urged to bring through young players who know about the club’s values


Former Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf believes Louis van Gaal does not need to spend to make Manchester United great again.

The Red Devils bought the likes of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera during the summer as they spent upwards of €180 million on new faces.

Despite that, Van Gaal’s side find themselves fourth in the Premier League table and fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League.

But Seedorf is backing his former coach to lead the 20-time English champions back to glory by bringing through his own players rather than signing them from elsewhere.

“For sure he is a coach who knows how to pass on his philosophy to his teams,” he told MUTV. “And I think what you have seen with the Ajax spirit when I played there – that’s Van Gaal.

“Instead of buying many players you can always fill your first team with your own players who know the club culture, who know the club tactics and have lived for so long that everything for them is natural.

“He is a great coach and his record speaks for itself.”

United youngsters Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and James Wilson have all been involved under Van Gaal this season, while Brazil Under-20 international Andres Pereira came on as a substitute in the recent win over Tottenham.